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Wiliwili tree flowers

Erythrina sandwicensis

Description:

Clusters of showy orange flowers 4-6 inches across, each at the end of a bare branch. There were two such clusters on the tree. The first two pictures show the two clusters. The third picture shows a seed pod where the cluster of flowers in the first picture once bloomed.

Habitat:

Suburban neighborhood on insular tropical upland plateau.

Notes:

The wiliwili tree is a summer deciduous, flowering species endemic to Hawaii. It loses its leaves at the end of spring to beginning of summer and flowers whilst devoid of foliage. It grows new leaves each autumn. This tree was grown from a seed planted in 2006. This is the second consecutive year it has flowered.

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1 Comment

Allen Hoof
Allen Hoof 4 months ago

UPDATE: My eight year-old granddaughter hand pollinated one of the flowers, and there is now a pod on the tree with at least one seed in it.

Allen Hoof
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Allen Hoof

Mililani, Hawaii, United States

Spotted on Jul 7, 2021
Submitted on Jul 13, 2021

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